Showing posts from November, 2012

Lead the Way: Book and Podcast

My latest book, entitled Lead the Way, has been published at last. A few months behind schedule, but better late than never.

What's it about? In a nutshell, how to become a more engaging leader. Here's the blurb I wrote:

Thinking about what it takes to become a more engaging leader? The roadmap to leading effectively is not a secret. In fact, the way has been known for a long time. In Lead the Way, the roadmap to becoming a more engaging leader is described in clear, commonsense, and practical terms, so that anyone who desires to lead more effectively can do so.

And not only has the book come out, so has a podcast interview with UK-based Anna Farmery at The Engaging Brand, where we discuss the book.

An accomplished interviewer, Farmery asked me some excellent questions, exploring such topics as:

- the roots of engagement (it starts from within)

- the power of connecting (where the sparks start to fly)

- the language of leadership (we need to use language creatively)

- the le…

Staying With the Unknown

My Israel-based organization development colleague Allon Shevat wrote that the most important skill for an OD practitioner is the ability to stay with the unknown.

Here is an excerpt of his note: "...we can't cope well with ambiguity. I was trained on the knees of the Tavistock model which helped me more than almost anything else to navigate well through unknown complexity. If you want to add to what else helps to deal with ambiguity, then delve into eastern belief systems, live in a country that lost an empire like the UK, or come to Tel Aviv for a week."

Paraphrasing him, the most important skill for an OD practitioner is the ability to navigate and cope with complexity, the unknown, and the ambiguous. Or as Allon said, to stay with the unknown.

Amen to that.

When I think back to my earliest OD training, as an undergrad in the Human Communication Interaction Lab at Rutgers, that was my number one learning.

My gurus were masters at the unknown and ambiguous. Their sta…

Everyday Leadership

With so much research, thinking, and writing on the topic of leadership, I sometimes wonder if we are getting any closer to really understanding it? I wonder if ordinary people recognize that they have the capacity to be leaders too?

Then along comes a force of nature, superstorm Hurricane Sandy, and we get a very clear idea of leadership in action.

For example, look at the Spanish club students at Franklin Township High School in Somerset, New Jersey, who noticed that gasoline was getting scarce so they developed an app to find out where the gasoline was in your part of the state.

Look at the two women in Hopewell Township who formed a storm relief effort to collect food and clothing for victims of the storm.

The list goes on and on. Neighbor helping neighbor. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things when the need arose. That's leadership.

Leadership guru Warren Bennis once said that leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. What that means, I think, is tha…